"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A variety of projects.

I have made this table runner for the Avicultural Society Xmas raffle next week. I used what was left of the Aussie bird fabric that I used in the quilt for the society raffle last year.

Ken's niece mentioned recently that she is a Dog Person rather than a Cat Person, and I remembered that I had this scrap of doggie fabric in my stash. So this will be her Xmas present.

I finished the mediaeval fabric runner, but am not happy with it. I chose the yellow fabric for the border, thinking it would match the yellow tones in the feature fabric, but it doesn't do much for the runner at all. Somebody suggested I used lace to embellish it, so I put a row of lace with blue ribbon threaded through, down the middle. Then I added another lace to the border, trying to sew it between the front and the backing fabrics, but I stuffed up the corners and had to cut them. AAAAAGH what a mess! Oh well, the whole thing was just a way to used up some stash in a hurry, so it's not going anywhere out of this house. It will probably be folded up and put at the bottom of a pile of other experiments which never see the light of day! Do you have many any of those?

Hoping this project will be more successful than the runner. I bought this cute fabric at one of the stitches and craft shows a year or so ago. It can be used in several ways, making up a picture by joining up the individual owl groups, or making separate place mats, mug rugs, etc.

I chose to make up a picture using them all. Next thing is to add a border or two, and backing, and ta da! Another wall hanging.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Rabbit cushion finished.

I think my friend will be pleased with this cushion.  I'm glad I got two lots of this fabric, as I fancy a couple of cushions like this on our couch!

Remember the odd medieval design fabric I pulled out of my stash a few weeks ago, after I was inspired by a table runner that I saw on Pinterest?  I happened to have just the right coloured fabrics in my stash to add some borders and make up a runner in a similar style.
This is a closeup of the fabric so you can see the detail, and understand why I chose the deep pink and blue solids for the borders - it matches the clothes worn by most of the people in the pictures.

Here is what I have done so far.  Now I need to decide whether to add another border, or simply quilt and bind it as is.  What do you think?   Hmmm,. now I see it on my screen, I am thinking I should have done this a bit differently.  I should have used the pink right around the picture fabric as well as the centre and sides, and added the blue as a complete border.  Might have to do some unpicking here!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

A week later.

Well, I'm rolling along nicely.  In fits and starts as always though - depending on what is planned (or not) as each day dawns.  Some days there is nothing in the diary, and I think YES!  A day of crafts.  But there may be a surprise phone call, or the Man Of The House decides that we need to go somewhere...Ah well, there is always the night time when he has gone to bed and all is quiet.
Today was quiet though, because he hasn't been well, and stayed in bed all day which left me free to work and play to my heart's content (after I'd tended to his needs, of course).

So I was able to cut out and made four more teacup coasters, although one turned into a teapot coaster, because I cut the teacup fabric the wrong way up and it would have looked all wrong with the cups design upside down.  I think it looks quite cute though, so I might make some more like that.
The two on the right hand side are made from plain red and dark green (not black as it looks here) Xmas fabrics with a gold printed star design.

In my last post here I mentioned making a cushion for my friend Glenda, using some rabbit fabrics.
I was intending to use this as the front, and another rabbit fabric on the back, but it would have been wasted on the back, so I called Glenda to see what she would like me to make this up as, and she decided she would like it as a cushion.  So I will be making it up with a plain homespun backing, and the other bunny fabric will be used to make another cushion also with a plain back.  She loves bunnies!

The rabbit on this fabric is one of a set of four of these unusual designs on fabric that is available at our Quilt Shop.  There is a rabbit, fox, bear and owl.  I have added the black and white border from my stash.  Still thinking about what to made with the other animals.  Not keen on foxes or bears, so I might make them into placemats or something, and give them away, but the owl will be made up into something for me of course :-)